Hawks Receive Invitation to D-III Golf Championship


By Adam Bagni

INDIANAPOLIS - For the fifth straight year, the top-ranked Huntingdon men’s golf team has earned an invitation to compete in the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship, when the NCAA Men’s Golf Committee announced the teams and individuals that will participate in the 2009 field on Monday.

The championships will be held May 13-16, at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and will be hosted by Methodist University.

The Hawks will enter the 2009 Tournament ranked first in the final Golf World/Nike Division III Men’s Golf Coaches’ Poll and currently lead all Division III schools in par-3 and par-5 scoring.

Down by eight strokes entering the final round, Saint John’s University shot a 291 to win its second consecutive NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships last year, played at Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga. This was the third consecutive season, and fifth time in the last eight years, that an institution from the 12-state Central region had won the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships.

A total of 185 participants will compete at the 2009 championships. Twenty-seven conferences were awarded automatic qualification for the championships. Seven teams were selected from Pool B, which consists of independent institutions, and institutions that are members of conferences that do not meet the requirements for automatic qualification. The final two berths were reserved for Pool C, which are institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that are not the conference champion and any remaining Pool B teams. The top five individuals are selected from the remaining players who have not qualified with a team.

For more information about the NCAA Division III Golf Championships, log on to NCAA.com. Highlights of the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships will be shown on CBS at 2 p.m. Eastern time, Saturday, July 4. The CBS seasonal show will feature highlights of 16 different NCAA championships that took place during the spring.

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